How to Optimize Cycles in Your Lab Washer to Minimize Energy Consumption

Marcel Dion, STERIS

Washers used in research facilities require a significant amount of water, steam, electricity and cleaning agents to effectively clean and dry laboratory glassware and plasticware. Most modern laboratory glassware washers are equipped with control systems that provide adjustable key process parameters. A good understanding of some of the basic washing principles can help with making cycle adjustments that can significantly reduce the energy required to process typical loads.

Additionally, many washers on the market are equipped with energy saving features or can be upgraded in the field with such features.

The first objective of this presentation is to review basic washing principles and present recommendations for optimizing cycles to reduce the amount of energy used in laboratory glassware washers. The second objective is to introduce various energy saving features, explain how they can effectively be used, and how they can be incorporated to existing units.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about basic principles of washing and how they can impact utility consumption;
  • Understand how to adjust cycle parameters to minimize the use of energy;
  • Learn how to use energy saving features for maximum efficiency; and
  • Learn how energy saving features can be incorporated to existing washers.


Marcel Dion. Marcel Dion is Director of Marketing for Washing and Steam Sterilization Systems in the Life Sciences Division of STERIS Corporation. For the past 18 years, he has been responsible for developing and bringing on the market innovative and efficient cleaning and sterilization systems used in research facilities across the globe.


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